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Guns and more by Jack on Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:04 pm
Did some range work today - getting the groups at 7 yds tightened up. Progress continues.

Right now I'm working with a .22 and neck shots, so accuracy is key.

The question is - big dots or regular sites? The big dots encourage speed, which is useful for the weapon. However, the downside is a loss of precision. Smaller dots on the front site permit precision shots at a distance, but deprive one of the enhanced speed offered by the big dot on the front site. Decisions, decisions.

More ammo is available. Has everyone stocked up, or is this the eye of the hurricane before more motivated buying? I suspect we'll see a more dangerous social environment as the economy tightens. The news reported three males who attempted to rob two young teens. They took their skateboards, and when the teens revealed they had no money, the thugs beat them. All this during a period when things are still fairly pleasant.

Will society go feral? I suspect so.

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The biggest bubble by wisconsin_cur on Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:59 pm
Globalizations come and go just like other economic bubbles. They just inflate at a much slower rate, often over decades or centuries, so they become an even greater ingrained expectation than other bubbles. The deflation can be as quick as the outbreak of the First World War or as drawn out as the death of the Roman Empire. Like any bubble, however, the way down is as dislocating as the way up is infatuating.

In today's Telegraph Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reports on a story that may well answer the abiding question of when we shall fall from the plateau of our current globalization and begin the roll down the backside into the toilet bowel beyond. China, it seems, is considering the very rationale move of banning the export of many rare earth metals, and restricting the export of still more,...

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When heros are murdered. by smallpoxgirl on Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:10 pm
Crazy Horse. Martin Luther King. Malcolm X. Harvey Milk. George Tiller. Our heros reflect the best in us. Our strength. Our passion. Our ability to see the heart of the issue and speak to that heart. Our willingness to risk everything to fight for what is right. When those heros are murdered, it's as though that which is best in us dies with them.

George Tiller was to abortion providers, what Harvey Milk was to the gay community or Malcolm X to the black community. He, more than anyone I ever met was able to articulate the heart and the compassion of our work. George was a devout Christian. In every way he embodied the Christian principal "Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for another." George lived for decades with the knowledge that his life could be ended by bigots any time. His clinic was bombed and was repeatedly vandalized. He was shot and threats against his life became a daily routine. Despite all that, I never once heard George...

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Anxiety Dreams by wisconsin_cur on Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:57 pm
High School ended half of my life ago. Then and now, I was a good test taker and fair student over all. I have never been anxious about passing a test or course. I have never pulled an "all-nighter" to try to get prepared for an exam. I overslept for an exam once because I stayed up to late the night before playing Euchre. I arrived 40 minutes after the test began and politely asked to be allowed to take the exam. I got straight to work on the essays and 40 minutes later found myself to be the first person done. It was for a 300 level English History Class and I got an A on the exam.

So why is it that I am now having anxiety dreams about High School Triganomotry? I never took Trig, let alone with "Mrs. M." my high school math teacher. Yet in the dream I find myself one week before graduation remembering that I was suppose to be in that course all year but instead of attending the course I spent the time... somewhere, nowhere, in a kind of limbo of my own choosing....

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Cognitive Dissonance by Jack on Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:25 pm
A formal definition is HERE

In essence, it is the requirement to function according to a set of concepts that one doesn't agree with or regards as false. A lot of people face that challenge, not just Peak Oil types. Much of our society recognizes that the train is well and truly off the tracks, and that life in the future is likely to be worse than it is today. At the same time, the mass media, along with social pressure, emphasize optimism. In essence, Americans are told to save more and to shop - contradictory behaviors - at the same time.

And the consequences? Perhaps the mild (or not so mild) craziness we observe has its roots within the disparity between reality and the required behavior patterns. We might reflect on how such trends might develop.

Organizational leaders, from the top on down, owe their first allegiance to the organization. Some take care of themselves first, of course,...

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